Over 6,000 guests for Modi swearing-in Ceremony
Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi will take the oath of office on 30 May at Rashtrapati Bhavan in an event that is expected to witness the presence of more than 6,000 guests. Those attending this 'mega' oath ceremony includes all prominent Opposition leaders, Chief Ministers of all the states, Governors of all the states, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, members of both the Houses of Parliament and senior BJP functionaries in states. Former prime ministers and presidents have been sent invitations for the event.
Apart from this, several Heads of State including that of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries, have also been invited for the swearing-in ceremony. The oath ceremony will take place in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan and not in the Durbar Hall.
This will be the fourth time in Independent Indian history that a Prime Minister will take oath in the forecourt — the stately path between the main gates and the main building, which is used for the ceremonial reception of visiting heads of state and heads of government as also for the Change of Guard ceremony. "The only two other Prime Ministers, who have been sworn in with the grand Rashtrapati Bhavan edifice as a backdrop, are AB Vajpayee and Chandrashekhar.
The size of the gathering may mirror the scale of BJP’s landslide victory in the elections, but the ceremony will be kept simple and solemn as per the wishes of President Ram Nath Kovind and Modi.